John McQueen

June 2010

Tinkering with Nature

Course Description
There are wonderful ways out there in the world to reorder what we see and to make it evident in objects constructed from nature. This class will emphasize ways to connect the material gathered using new and unusual connectors, both manufactured and found in the wild. The goal is to rebuild what we think we know into something unknown to us up until now. It will be an adventure into the nature of things and how we might improve on the unimproveable.

Supply List
A big staple gun (the kind that carpenters use)
A hot glue gun
Any sticks or weeds which you find interesting

Artist's Statement

I began as a basketmaker and hold an MFA in weaving but found that baskets include much more than a pickupable container. I spend my time looking for what it is that keeps me searching for what I don’t know. This has led me into what many call sculpture, a term I find too confining. What I make is my reaction to what I encounter in the world, a world encompassing everything from trees standing in the forest to intellectual musings.

Artist's Biography
(taken from http://moonroommuse.wordpress.com/2007/09/06/willow-art/): John McQueen trained as a sculptor and earned his BA from the University of South Florida, and his MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia. As a contemporary fiber artist he uses willow branches and string to create stunning basket sculptures that are both humorous and subtle in their commentary. McQueen “weaves willow twigs into flat open work panels, that are tied together with wax string and built into sculptural constructions. Some works are cage-like while others resemble familiar objects — a book, a desk calendar, a painting.”

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